ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 727-256 Advanced EC-DDV Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 3 May 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-256 Advanced
Registration: EC-DDV
MSN: 21778/1490
First flight: 1979-05-31 (6 years 11 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 149
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 157
Aircraft damage: Minor
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH) (   Switzerland)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Málaga Airport (AGP/LEMG), Spain
Destination airport:Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH/LSZH), Switzerland
Iberia flight IB588 from Málaga, Spain, was damaged in a landing accident at Zürich-Kloten Airport, Switzerland. The aircraft scraped the right hand wing during landing. There were no injuries.

Probable Cause:

CAUSES (translated from German):
The landing accident with ground contact of the wing can be attributed to:
- Erroneous approach to the wrong runway due to
.. Unfavorable VOR/DME approach procedure whose line runs exactly in the direction of the runway threshold of the wrong runway
.. Failure to mention the notorious confusion possibility of both runways when carrying out the VOR/DME procedure
.. Late control of the assigned runway by the pilots.
- Failure to execute a go around after realizing the runway confusion
- Unstabilized final approach due to corrective maneuvers towards the assigned runway.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: BFU Switzerland
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 8 months
Accident number: Nr. 1247
Download report: Final report

Landing after unstabilized approach
Runway mishap


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Distance from Málaga Airport to Zürich-Kloten Airport as the crow flies is 1597 km (998 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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